I am a General Counsellor, Youth Counsellor and CBT Practitioner. I know that looking for a counsellor can sometimes be a difficult and confusing process but it may help you to know that I work in a compassionate and non-judgmental way. I listen carefully to people, helping them to work towards feeling better. I seek to empower them to help themselves.
It's important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor and know that everything that's said is confidential. With that in mind, your first session with me will be free of charge; it's an opportunity for us to meet and for you to decide if you want to go ahead with counselling.
As a Registered, Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I work within an ethical framework which exists to maintain good standards of practice and to protect clients.
I specialise in Youth Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Bereavement Counselling. I have spent more than ten years helping people work through a large variety problems including anxiety,depression bullying, eating disorders, self harm and relationship problems. There's a comprehensive list of issues at the bottom of the page
I work from home, which most people find inviting. It helps provide anonymity for my clients
I also work via Skype and telephone
I receive clients through:
Word of mouth
The BACP website, my own website and various online directories
Recommendations from GP's
Private Referrals from Occupational Health Departments of Corporate and from Public Sector Organisations, including the NHS
Agencies Representing Insurance Companies
I practice counselling face to face, on Skype and by Telephone
Training, qualifications & experience
Graduate Diploma in Person Centered Integrative Counselling, University of Leeds
BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor, UKRCP
CBT Certificate, University of the West of Scotland
Youth Counselling Certificate, University of the West of Scotlland,
Bereavement Counselling Certificate.
T/A 101 Certificate in Transactional Analysis
Experience in working in the NHS as a Nursing Sister in General Practice
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Difficult decisions, panic attacks, redundancy, loss, obesity, lifestyle changes, assertiveness problems, suicidal thoughts, loss of a child, separation, divorce
I offer an initial session free of charge. This is not a full counselling session but an opportunity for us to meet and for you to decide if you feel comfortable working with me
Fees for weekly sessions based on a 50 minute hour:
£40 for individuals
£45 for couples and organisations
Monday to Thursday 2pm until 8pm
I work within easy reach of Leeds, Guiseley, Otley, Ilkley, Menston, Skipton and Harrogate
I work to the BACP Ethical Framework which means that the wellbeing of my clients is paramount. I also adhere to other ethical issues such as client confidentiality and client autonomy. I have regular supervision of my practice as required by the BACP and participate in Continuing Professional Development.